For the pastfewyears I’ve attended England’s Goodwood Revival, a three-day motoring festival that recalls the glory days from 1948 to 1966, when the Goodwood Motor Circuit was operational. The weekend sees the world’s rarest vintage race cars from the period gather for wheel-to-wheel racing like it would have been back in period. And it’s not only the cars that are in period, the people, the planes, and the environment are, too. It’s a magical step back in time to an era when things were used and used hard. Every year a priceless race car meets a wall, and in typical English fashion, the attitude is very much “carry on old boy! chin up! get on wiv it!”
And of course, where there are great cars, there are great watches. Timepieces seem to be the one thing at this event that’s not strictly period-correct, and that’s a good thing because it’s fascinating to see what people have strapped on their wrist for the Revival. I should note that the entire festival is sponsored by Rolex, and that was certainly the manufacturer that dominated folks’ wrists at the event. But like everything in life, once you start peeling back a few layers the variety gets really interesting. Let’s dive into the watches, wheels, wings, and whimsy of the 2022 Goodwood Revival that myself and photographer Michael Shaffer uncovered.